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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Is My Child Ready to Read?

Often times, parents find themselves asking themselves this very question:

"How do I know if my child is ready to learn to read?"

Maybe your child is not even in school yet.  Maybe it's the middle of kindergarten.  Maybe he or she is only three years old.  Well, I thought I'd share some tips on figuring out whether or not your child is ready.  Is your child showing the ability to do any of the following:
Mrs. Stow celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday

  • recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet?
  • name letter sounds for each letter?
  • showing an interest in "reading" stories according to the illustrations?
  • recognize people's names and the print of everyday life:  PIZZA, Target, STOP, Cheerios, etc.?  
  • rhyme?
  • handle a book, point out the front cover, point to the first word on a page, etc.? 
Remember, every child is different.  Learning to read is developmental, just like learning to talk or walk.  There is no perfect age or perfect time, but you can look for the pre-set skills that may indicate your child is ready.  

Do you think your child may be ready?  How exciting!  

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